First off, if this is in the wrong place feel free to move it I got a call from a new neighbor who knew I had chickens. She said there were some neighbors across the road that had moved out and left all their chickens, this was far from the truth. Turns out they hadn't moved out but sold their trailer and were living in a three sided building [husband, wife, 1 1/2 year old daughter] living off of barely enough to survive with their cat, dog, and chickens. They sold the trailer to get food for the baby. In pen number one there was a PILE of dead chicks about 4 weeks old, give or take. Direct sunlight, no food or water, dehydrated and half starved. There were to survivors burried under the pile and the owner picked them up and -spare details here of graphic death- I almost puked. They told me I could take the chickens and so we started walking around. There was 14 adult birds in various pens mixed and mangled, one hen had to be put down due to a broken leg and some dismemberment by her rooster. The rooster in the pen with her was a tiny bantam guy, with 4 inch spurs. That's right, FOUR INCH SPURS. None of them had shade, he couldn't remember the last time they were fed, blablabla. They were starving for sure. There was also two pens of chicks aside from the pile, eight week silkie crosses and two week mixed bred bantams. Again, direct sunlight and no shade/water. I ended up bringing home.... 2 silkie roosters, one white and one buff [who has a straight comb]. This is "Silkie and Brutus". Their penned together and get along find, so far. No fighting yet. 1 Cochin rooster. Black, beautiful bird... he's the guy with four inch spurs. I will cut them off tomorrow some time. "Chewie." 2 Sebright cross bantams. Gypsy the blue, and Leaf a orange color. Both of these girls are speckled. 1 Sex-link rooster and his four/five TOPS pound CORNISH hen. She's skin and bones, feathers missing everywhere, horrible condition. These two were in a dark room, no light, no feed. She had four eggs I collected. 2 Feather legged bantams, not sure what they are but the male is a blue/orange color. The female is white. Again, skin and bones. These two were in a rabbit pen, maybe 2x2 in demensions, no airflow and walking on 2 inches of feces and feathers. 2 Japanese? bantams, the rooster is so thin he can't even weigh 6 oz. The hen is fluffy, crossed with a cochin I think, but under that fluff she's thin. Somewhere between 15-20 chicks around eight weeks old, maybe... and 8 two week old chicks. Everyone was fed and watered upon arrival, they all scratched and dusted like they had never seen the ground before. The feather legged pair dusted over an hour, they were so happy to be out of that pen. I wormed everyone, dusted them for mites, and let them settle in for the night. I will get pictures tomorrow some time, it was nearly dark by the time I got home. I did have some partially built pens we finished up for them, gave them shade, and left them be. I am planning on keeping them in quarentine for as long as possible, and I hope that neighbors up the road get their feet back under them. My 17 year old neighbor spent her babysitting money to get them a few necessities like toilet paper and drinking water. I told them they could come see the chickens anytime, and if they ever found themselves on their feet they could have a few back on the promise they built pens, etc. We talked a good while about the hard times, and how they couldn't find jobs due to disabilities, and the fact that their having an old trailer brought in so their daughter is protected from the elements. I asked them to come get me if they needed help with her, I was willing to offer food/whatever for her care. They're good people on hard times, and were extremely happy I came to their birds rescue. I'm leaving out some graphic information, and I'm hoping no one is too bothered by this post... I just wanted to let ya'll know 40 birds are happily settling in to their new home. Pictures tomorrow.